Ransomware Preparedness Checklist

Ransomware attacks targeting healthcare, schools, government agencies, and small businesses are dramatically on the rise as malware continues evolving with innovative attacks and sophisticated social engineering techniques. Ransomware can severely damage your reputation, productivity, and pocketbook.

Is your organization doing all it can to defend against damaging ransomware attacks? Take this quick self-assessment to determine your organization’s readiness:

1. Employee Awareness: From phishing scams to weak passwords, lack of cybersecurity training is the leading cause of ransomware infections.

Are your workers armed with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and your organization against cyberattacks and know the procedures to follow if a threat is identified?

2. Endpoint Security: As the frontline for safeguarding your organization from ransomware, endpoint security detects, analyzes, blocks, and contains cyberattacks in progress.

Do you have visibility into all endpoints connected to your network to ensure they have comprehensive protection from sophisticated malware and evolving zero-day threats?

3. Email Security: Detect and block sophisticated phishing scams at the source with advanced email security solutions.

Does your email security solution feature layered defenses that provide comprehensive protection against evolving malware and spam attacks?

4. Web Filtering: Control the web content your workers can access and protect your organization from malicious online threats in real-time with an advanced web filtering solution.

Is your web filtering solution capable of preventing risky behavior by enforcing granular policies on user activities?

5. Backup and Recovery: Reduce downtime from a ransomware attack with secure, reliable backups for restoring your mission-critical services.

Do you have a backup solution in place to quickly restore your critical systems in the event of a ransomware attack?

6. Privileged Access Management (PAM): Advanced ransomware attacks rely on the exploitation of privileged credentials to reach mission-critical data, applications and infrastructure.

Does your organization control, monitor, secure and audit privileged identities across your IT environment to protect against the threats posed by credential theft and privilege misuse?

7. Patching and Upgrades: Keeping systems patched and configured helps avoid the vulnerabilities exploited by ransomware attackers.

Do you have monitoring and management solutions in place to keep your systems fully patched and configured to prevent breaches?

 

If you answered NO to any of the questions on the checklist above, you might be an easy target for ransomware attacks.

Cybercriminals target healthcare, schools, government agencies, and small businesses because they perceive them to be easy targets. While there is no 100% foolproof method for preventing ransomware attacks, addressing the seven areas above offers you an effective strategy for keeping your organization safe.

Don’t be an easy target. If you need help protecting your organization from ransomware attacks, talk to a Cerium Cybersecurity Expert about cost-effective solutions for building a comprehensive defense for combating ransomware.

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